welcome back to "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo. first the headlines at this hour. palestinians in gaza are celebrating a cease-fire with the israelis as both sides prepare for what could be a difficult stage in their negotiations. the russian and ukrainian presidents have met face to face for the first time over fighting in ukraine. and people living near fukushima daiichi nuclear plant are making videos to show life there continues as usual.
people living in the gaza strip and parts of israel are leaving shelters and hoping they won't have to return. israeli leaders have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire with hamas, the group that controls the palestinian territory. the truce ends a conflict that has stretched on for more than two months, nhk world's craig dale reports. >> reporter: palestinians in gaza rushed into the streets to celebrate. they have been running from israeli air strikes for seven weeks. now they seem confident it is safe to be out in the open. >> translator: i feel happy and joyful like all palestinians do. our family welcomes the truce agreement. >> translator: hamas leaders took a moment to boast. >> translator: we are here today to announce gaza's victory said the hamas spokesperson to declare we have won over the destructive israeli power. >> reporter: that power exacted a steep cost. weeks of israeli attacks
flattened building after building. more than 2,100 palestinians died the vast majority civilians. militants in gaza fired thousands of rockets at israel. they killed more than 60 israeli soldiers and several civilians. >> i want to come back to regular life. i don't want to go to the shelter. >> reporter: the roots of the israeli and palestinian conflict go back decades but more recent incidents triggered this war. israeli leaders blamed hamas for killing three israeli teens. the bitterness deepened following the murder of a palestinian teen. three israelis are on trial for what is considered a revenge killing. for weeks they traded fire. israeli leaders were working to dismantle hamas rocket launch positions and command centers, along with tunnels militants used to attack their country.
temporary truces came and went. both sides finally signed off on an open-ended cease-fire after mediated talks by egyptian officials. they agreed to halt attacks, israel and egypt will ease restrictions on the border in gaza to allow in humanitarian aid and building supplies. the palestinian authority will administrator the crossings, the israelis agreed to expand a fishing zone for gaza fishermen. negotiations will resume in a month to talk about longer-term issues such as israel's request for hamas to disarm and the palestinian request for the release of prisoners. hamas leaders want to talk about building a sea port in gaza and rebuilding the territory airport and the israelis want the remains of their soldiers to be returned. u.s. officials admit this cease fire is just the beginning. >> certainly there's a long road ahead and we are aware of that. >> reporter: the israelis said
hamas approved an agreement it originally rejected. >> ultimately so much bloodshed could have been avoided. >> reporter: the palestinians are keenly aware of all they lost. but hamas leaders will continue to paint this as a victory. they fought three wars against israel since 2008 and say they are ready for another battle. maintaining a lasting call will clearly be a complicated undertaking. craig dale, nhk world. the presidents of ukraine and russia have held their first one-on-one talks over the crisis along their common border. petro poroshenko and vladimir putin met to try to end the conflict in eastern ukraine. they were not able to reach a deal, but they agreed to keep talking. poroshenko and putin have been trading criticisms over the fighting between ukrainian forces and pro-russian separatists. they've seen more than 2,000 people killed in fighting since april. they sat down together in minsk, belarus, behind closed doors. they also took part in
discussions with the leaders of belarus and kazakhstan and the european union's foreign policy chief. eu leaders have been pushing for a cease-fire. putin said they discussed ways to stop the bloodshed but he said the ukrainian government should negotiate a cease-fire with the separatists. >> translator: violence in ukraine is the country's internal matter. we can't discuss conditions for a cease-fire. >> poroshenko said they need to disarm before ukrainian officials hold any talks with them. putin has been explaining why some russian paratroopers were found in ukrainian territory. he said they may have crossed the border accidently. putin was told the ten soldiers were patrolling the border and may have strayed across. in the past ukrainian servicemen have entered in armored vehicles without incident. he says he hopes this case will not cause problems either. ukrainian defense officials
announced on sunday that they had detained the paratroopers in the eastern region of donetsk. they say it's proof that leaders in moscow are intervening to support pro-russian separatists. u.s. military pilots are getting ready to begin surveillance flights over syria. their flights could help u.s. leaders set targets for potential air strikes against sunni militants. media reports say president barack obama gave the go ahead over the weekend. pentagon officials told the "new york times" that both manned and unmanned aircraft would take part in the operation. that would include drones and possibly u-2 spy planes. commanders have been trying to track the movements with the group islamic state. the militants have seized control of lands straddling syria and neighboring iraq. "the new york times" says the flights would be a significant
ten toward direct u.s. action in syria. but the pentagon spokesperson declined to discuss the matter. >> don't talk about intelligence matters, toney, i'm not going to start doing that today. we're planning organization here. we have to be prepared for all kinds of options. >> kirby said u.s. officials are not coordinating with syrian leaders on operations or efforts to combat the islamic state. lawmakers have been calling for air strikes since they saw this video last week of the murder of a u.s. journalist by sunni militants. a united nations helicopter has crashed in south sudan. three crew members were killed another seriously injured. some reports say the helicopter was shot down. u.n. officials are investigating. >> we received a report that one of our helicopters, an mi-8, had crashed about ten kilometers south of bentiu in the unity state. >> all crew members are russian and the helicopter was chartered
from a russian firm. it went down in a northern area where government and opposition forces have been fighting. they agreed to a cease-fire in may but have not honored it. some reports say an opposition commander had warned u.n. officials not to fly over the area. south sudan gained independence three years ago, but residents have not seen the stability they hoped for. more than 10,000 u.n. peacekeepers are working to protect them and to provide humanitarian aid. people who live along the sea of japan coast are always on the look out for tsunami. now they have a better idea what to expect. members of a government panel studied the heights. they say a town in hokkaido faces a to terrible of a tsunami more than 20 meters high. waves of five meters or more could hit flatland areas from
hokkaido down to ishikawa prefecture in central japan. tsunami could exceed 10 meters in some areas. residents in the city of suzu city, for example, could see one more than 12 meters high. a tsunami could hit areas within one minute after an earthquake. >> translator: an earthquake epicenter could be near the coast. in this case, a tsunami would arrive faster than expected. >> reporter: the panel chairman katsuyuki abe said even quakes with smaller magnitudes could cause tsunamis that are relatively high. authorities will look at the estimates to see if they need to revise emergency measures. south korea's ambassador to japan is getting the lay of the land. yoo heung-soo just arrived in tokyo on saturday. now he's met with japan's vice foreign minister, akitata saiki. saiki said both sides should work to build relations oriented
to the future. yoo said he will do his best to stabilize the partnership. he once led the south korea-japan parliamentarian league. saiki pointed to yoo's experience and said he was sure yoo would contribute to the development of relations. japanese government officials want to free up the way consumers and businesses get their power. officials at tokyo electric power company are extending their reach. they are going to start supplying energy outside their geographical area which they've worked for decades. people close to the deal say that tepco officials have signed a deal with yamada denki. starting in october they will provide electricities through a subsidiary. the executives are hoping in ten years they'll take in sales
outside their current region of $1.6 billion. they're negotiating similar deals with other firms that have operations nationwide. and managers in central japan have begun supplying electricity outside their manage. they're selling energy to users in the tokyo region, which is tepco's turf. analysts are watching to see if competition will lead to lower electricity rates and better services. officials with japan's government ministries are set to demand more than 100 trillion yen or over $960 billion for their 2015 fiscal budget. the record outlay highlights the struggle between the needs to balance the government's growth plans and fiscal health. people at the health and welfare ministry will ask for about $304 billion. the biggest request ever. the money is needed to cover pension and medical costs among other growing social security
outlays as the country's population ages. prime minister shinzo abe's growth strategy is also driving up the budget. officials have decided to allocate nearly $40 billion for projects aimed at enabling the strategy. the total request for policy spending are expected to be some $730 billion. in addition, debt service costs will likely grow to nearly $250 billion as the balance of government bonds continues to rise. officials from each ministry will submit the request to the finance ministry by friday. french president francois hollande is hoping to regain popularity and boost the stagnant economy by appointing a new cabinet member. a 36-year-old former banker has been named the new economy minister. emmanuel macron has been serving as the president's economic adviser. he replaced arnaud montebourg, who stepped down after criticizing the government for its austerity measures. the french cabinet resigned en
masse following montebourg's departure. hollande hopes to regain the public support. macron is said to have a vast network in the business sector. france's economic growth is expected to fall short of the government's target this year. hollande has been criticized over his economic policies. his approval ratings are in the teens, a record low. india's antitrust regulator has fined 14 automakers for distorting fair competition by withholding supplies of spare parts. the carmakers have been told to pay a total of $420 million. the competition commission of india slapped the highest fine of $220 million on tata motors. maruti suzuki was fined $78 million. the other automakers include local units of toyota, honda, and nissan, all of japan. and general motors, of the united states.
the commission accused the firms of restricting supplies of auto parts to their own dealers, snubbing independent repair shops. the automakers are also said to have taken advantage of their dominant positions to raise prices of spare parts. the ruling follows complaints from indian drivers about the difficulty of getting vehicles repaired at low-cost shops because parts are often unavailable. the firms have 60 days to pay the fine. local media reports say some plan to appeal the decision. automakers from around the world have looked down the road in africa and they're seeing a lot of promise. those from japan are trying to increase their share with a focus on service. here's nhk world's shinpei fujino. >> reporter: poor road conditions across africa often cause vehicles to break down.
these mechanics have travelled to japan to learn how to provide better maintenance in africa. the program is run by mitsubishi motors. company officials say after-sales service is part of the strategy for african markets. the mechanics learn computer skills needed for advanced car maintenance. >> the things we are learning here, first of all, are more advanced than what we are used to in kenya. hopefully, we learn them and take the knowledge back to kenya, train my other colleagues. >> reporter: after-sales service is not just about maintenance.
communication is also important. mechanics in japan talk with customers when they bring their cars in for maintenance. >> translator: we offer tire coating for about $5. it protects the rubber from ultraviolet rays which can cause deterioration. let me know if you are interested. >> translator: can the tires begin to deteriorate within a year? >> translator: if you leave them unprotected, they can. >> today i have the experience of the technicians should not always be caution about their job. they should always be aware about other people. >> translator: we're trying to provide the same level of customer support in africa as in japan. we hope that will help us sell more new vehicles. >> reporter: mitsubishi isn't
the only company trying to gain a foothold in africa by taking good care of customers. this tokyo-based firm exports used cars. just five years ago it only sold a few vehicles in africa. but last year, they shipped some 100,000 units there. quite a few cars break down before they even reach buyers in africa. some of the parts get stolen, too. the company avoids such problems by using its own delivery service, making it an attractive choice. company workers drive cars to buyers, even if they are thousands of kilometers away. if the vehicles break down along the way, the worker repairs it for free. >> translator: we deliver the
cars directly to our clients. they're very grateful for this kind of service. >> translator: we'd like people in africa to feel secure by buying cars with us with quality vehicles and the customer support they deserve. >> reporter: competition is heating up in africa's auto markets. japanese companies are hoping to get an advantage by offering high quality service to match high quality cars. shinpei fujino, nhk world. people in northeastern japan are trying to change the way they are often viewed. they have been rebuilding their lives since the disaster three years ago. they are making videos to show how they are doing and the videos are going viral. ♪
>> reporter: more than 200 people dance to the song "happy" in a video shot in fukushima. people learned about the project from word of mouth and traveled from around the fukushima. ♪ like happiness is the truth clap along if you -- >> translator: i think the video shows the world that people living in fukushima are not that depressed. >> translator: many locals tell me that the video makes them cheerful. >> reporter: the video was produced by hitomi kumasaka. the fukushima native works as a social media consultant, including video sharing services. she was disturbed to find that her hometown was often viewed
negatively by outsiders. she decided to show the real life of residents by creating a fukushima version of the "happy" video. the video has attracted over 1,300 comments in its first three months on youtube. >> translator: i think the song "happy" fits the mood in fukushima. where people are trying to rebuild their hometown and live cheerfully. >> reporter: kumasaka is working to produce a second video to show the world how tough the people of fukushima are. minami soma city holds an annual festival called soma namaoi which dates back more than 1,000 years. people clad in samurai armor ride horses and fight each other in the event. kumasaka called on local people
to help with the video project. one is toshifumi maeda a horseback riding instructor who organizes the festival. kumasaka wants the video to show the world the unyielding spirit of people here, who fight on, no matter what happens. maeda lost many relatives and friends in the tsunami. he sent his wife and children outside the prefecture after the disaster. but he remained in his hometown. he runs a company that does decontamination work, which is crucial for rebuilding fukushima. >> translator: there are more hard times in your life than happy times. but you can live positively because there are some happy times and there are many occasions you can feel happiness. >> reporter: this is the soma nomaoi festival.
maeda helps young people to put on samurai costumes. he conveys to them the pride of their ancestors who started the festival. kumasaka and her camera crew filmed the festival. they recorded the growing excitement of the crowd and the thrilling movement of the horses and riders. ♪ the way that i've been holding on too tight with nothing in between -- >> 450 warriors are ready to fight. ♪ the story of my life i take her home i drive all night to keep her warm -- >> reporter: they are some of the people living their lives in fukushima. >> translator: i was moved by the spirit of the people who have always protected their homeland and will continue to do so. it's the samurai spirit. that's what the video will show to the world.
>> reporter: people in fukushima have suffered from groundless rumors surrounding the nuclear accident. the new video showcasing their strength is scheduled to be released in september. time now to find out how the skies are looking around the globe. people in the central part of the united states are dealing with rough weather. for details here is meteorologist robert speta. >> what we are seeing is one low after another. the first one brought severe weather across parts of detroit. and now another low is developing back towards the west and that is going the move over the central plains as well. and this is bringing heavy rainfall and flash flood watches are in effect out here and that is going to bring scattered showers and strong thunderstorms and damaging winds coming out of this. as it does track across to the east the one thing to keep in mind is this is separating our
colder air mass towards the north and the warmer air mass to the south. the forecast highs for wednesday. all these points are in the same states, chicago off to the west, a 10-degree difference for you. from cleveland into cincinnati, 23 to 31 and even in new york state, a 10-degree difference as well. this big difference is why we are seeing those temperatures -- well, fuel up these storm systems. the other thing i want to note is south of that, these hot temperatures down here. because this is also drawing in humid air. we have high humidity, very warm temperatures and the problem is we see these high heat indices. if you can stay indoors that is the best bet through the next several days. this is not only dangerous but potentially deadly if you are outdoors too long of a time. let's look at the tropics. we have cristobal in the atlantic.
this is staying out to sea. and marie which is pushing off to the northwest. good news this is going to weaken out. the problem is high surf for the coastal areas along the pacific coastline. now let's look at europe really quick. the topic is the low off to the east. that has been pulling in this cool air from the north. another low is going to start to come through and bring blustery conditions for the british isles. but i think the bigger topic and the more wide-reaching topic has been this cold air that fueling up thunderstorms to the outside and also the temperatures are dropping off behind this. the temperatures only in the teens. berlin at 20 and london at 20 as well. let's move over to bangladesh now. the big problem over here. we have been talking about heavy rainfall for several weeks across the himalayas. the water is flowing down stream and we had a recent shot of
heavy rain. i'll show you the video here what it looks like on the ground. it is fairly significant and severe flooding has forced thousands of people from their home. 40,000 hectares of farmland have been submerged and 300 schools have been closed. pretty dramatic pictures coming out of this area. it's not just that location that is affected by this. we also have a low that's coming through the south china sea that will kick up rain showers there for you. and this is also fueling our front to the north bringing heavy rainfall possibility around 50 millimeters of rainfall or more across central portions of china. we have been seeing light rain and cool temperatures, only a high of 23 in tokyo. expect that as we go through the rest of wednesday and possibly even on thursday. here's your extended forecast.